SOUTH DAYTONA, Fla. - Police said they shot and killed a man who they believe raped and robbed a woman inside a Volusia County tanning salon Tuesday night.
Police said officers from both the South Daytona and Daytona Beach police departments responded to a holdup alarm at Hot Tans on Beville Road near Nova Road.
Investigators said 27-year-old Cheyne Pinkney locked himself and a Hot Tans employee inside the salon Tuesday.
Police said that earlier in the day, Pinkney was asked to leave a massage parlor earlier in the day that is next door to the Hot Tan business.
The owner of the message parlor said Pinkney was asked to leave because he "creeped her out" as he asked for a massage.
"(I) kind of looked out and saw these cop cars coming. And they just kept coming. There was like 50 of them," said witness Janelle Lugo.
According to police, the woman was able to set off the alarm the brought officers to the business.
"The victim started to run out the front door with the suspect behind her with the gun in his hand," said Flynt.
According to police, officers arrived and set up a perimeter around the business.
"The door was locked to the business. South Daytona is familiar with all the businesses and the door should not have been locked," said Jimmie Flynt, with the Daytona Beach Police Department.
According to police, when Pinkney saw officers outside the business, he ran back into the business and out the back door, where he was confronted by officers from the two police departments.
"He proceeded to run out the back door with the gun in his hand and there were several shots fired and the suspect was hit," said Flynt.
Pinkney was transported to Halifax Hospital, where he died.
Police officials would not say if Pinkney fired his gun but witnesses told Channel 9's Renee Stoll that they saw a female officer who was visibly upset at the scene.
"She was very upset, very distraught and the other police officers were trying
to comfort her," said witness Deliana Mullen.
FDLE agents will investigate the shooting.
Pinkney's arrest file includes 19 arrests with 44 different criminal charges, many of which investigators said he was committing again on Tuesday when he was shot and killed.